Rainbow Warrior Basketball releases 2018-19 schedule

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The University of Hawai’i released its 2018-19 men’s basketball schedule, highlighted with the Rainbow Warriors’ first-ever appearance in the Wooden Legacy, the 10th annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, and a non-conference road game at UCLA in late November.  
 
UH will face at least four non-conference opponents that won 20 or more games last season, including UCLA at Pauley Pavilion (NCAA Tournament) and NIT runner-up Utah in the Wooden Legacy in Fullerton, Calif. In all, UH has the potential to face as many as seven teams that made the postseason last year during non-conference play.
 
Hawai’i opens the season versus Portland on Nov. 9 in the 54th edition of the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic. Also in this year’s field are Humboldt State and a North Texas team that won 20 games and captured last year’s CBI title.
 
Following the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic, UH will host Big Sky opponent Northern Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 18. Other single-game, non-conference home contests this season include UH Hilo (Dec. 8), Mississippi Valley State (Dec. 16), and Alabama A&M (Dec. 29).
 
In January, UH will begin Big West Conference regular-season play with a 16-game league schedule. The ‘Bows will open at home against Big West Tournament champs Cal State Fullerton (Jan. 9) before playing their first league road games at CSUN (Jan. 17) and UC Riverside (Jan 19). They’ll then return home for four-straight home games, beginning with a tilt against defending regular-season champs UC Irvine (Jan. 24).
 
The ‘Bows will play four of their final five Big West games on the road. UH’s home finale will be March 2 versus CSUN, before ending the regular season for the second straight year against UC Davis (March 7) and Cal State Fullerton (March 9) on the road. The Big West Tournament will again be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
 
A total of eight letterwinners return from last year’s squad that went 17-13 overall and 8-8 in the Big West. Meanwhile, four recruits join this year’s team, including a trio of frontcourt players who stand 7-0.

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